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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 43 COUNTY– Three police officers from Lunenburg County received medals of bravery from Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean in Ottawa October 13. Cst. Terry Brekker and Cst. Danny MacPhee of the Bridgewater Police and Cst. Greg Keeler, who was formerly stationed with the RCMP's South Shore Traffic Services, were among 43 people decorated for bravery at Rideau Hall. The medal is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances, in this case recognizing that the three men risked their lives to protect citizens from a gunman on June 11, 2003. Events began the previous evening after the RCMP received a call from a relative concerned about the mental health of Newcombville resident Kevin Woodworth. Police spotted his SUV in Bridgewater but Mr. Woodworth fled and officers abandoned the chase. The troubled man was located again the following day, but in the course of the afternoon rammed a police car and fired at officers during a pursuit through Lunenburg and Queens counties. Bridgewater Police got involved again after Mr. Woodworth struck a car in town. Believing he may be in the Marie Avenue area, officers headed in that direction. As Cst. Brekker rounded the corner onto Meldrum Avenue, Mr. Woodworth rammed his police car head-on at high speed. Although slightly injured by the impact, Cst. Brekker grabbed a shotgun and joined Cst. Keeler, Cst. MacPhee and fellow Bridgewater Police Cst. Jerome Richard at a gravel pit near the town line. It was there that Mr. Woodworth got out of his SUV with a high-powered hunting rifle and began firing at the officers. With no protection in the open area and a populated area nearby, the constables laid on their bellies and returned fire. The gravel pit is next to a large apartment complex and a number of houses. Many people were outside when the shooting began, including children playing in yards. Although they were in a very vulnerable position, the constables kept Mr. Woodworth at bay until more officers arrived. The RCMP’s emergency response team surrounded the pit a short time later. They exchanged fire with Mr. Woodworth, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics took him to South Shore Regional Hospital, where he died within the hour. A joint investigation by Halifax Regional Police, the RCMP and Bridgewater Police determined that all officers involved in the pursuit and shootout acted appropriately. The event led the province to purchase new communications equipment to allow municipal police departments throughout Nova Scotia to communicate freely with the RCMP as needed. At the time, Bridgewater Police could not access the RCMP’s frequencies. Cst. Richard was also awarded the medal of bravery. He was unable to attend Friday’s ceremony. Cst. Keeler has since transferred from this area. PHOTO BY SGT. ERIC JOLIN, RIDEAU HALL Three police officers from Lunenburg County received medals of bravery from Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean in Ottawa October 13 for risking their lives to protect citizens from a gunman in June 2003. Shown with the Governor General are, from left, Cst. Terry Brekker of the Bridgewater Police, Cst. Greg Keeler of the RMCP and Cst. Danny MacPhee of the Bridgewater Police. BY LISA BROWN - lbrown@ligthouse.ns.ca Police officers cited for bravery As originally published Governor General presents medals

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